2014 NBA Draft: Round 2 Grades

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CBSSports.com NBA writer Matt Moore analyzes each pick from Round 2 of the 2014 NBA Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections. Refresh this page during the round for the latest grades.

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31ACeltics select: Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State

This is a terrific move here from both Boston and the Grizzlies. Davis has a lot of potential as a defensive player, and also may be able to shoot from distance at one point. They do give up an extra first rounder in 2019 that they had from the Clippers, but it?s worth while to get Davis, a top-10 player on this board.

32ALakers select: Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia

Upside pick here for the Lakers as a center, which is a position of need for the team. Zubac is massive at 7-0 with long arms and terrific touch around the basket. In the second round, there's not much more you can ask for than drafting for need and getting a potentially valuable player.

33B+Clippers select: Cheick Diallo, C, Kansas

Nice upside pick here for the Pelicans in getting Diallo, as he could fit well inside with Anthony Davis. Makes sense to consolidate two picks for one and get the guy you like.

34A-Suns select: Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky

I'm a believer in Ulis becoming at least an NBA backup point guard, and with the Suns uncertainty in the backcourt this is a tremendous pick up.

35A-Celtics select: Rade Zagorac, SF, Serbia

The Grizzlies need more creativity on the wing, and Zagorac can certainly provide that due to his ability to shoot and make plays off the dribble. Solid offensive-minded selection here.

36A-Bucks select: Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia

Milwaukee just picked up a first-round value in the second round in Brogdon. The Virginia product was a back-to-back All-American and was probably the best perimeter defender in the entire draft. I think he carves out a solid NBA role.

37B+Rockets select: Chinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville

Onuaku can really defend inside and is nimble enough to shut down pick-and-rolls outside. He's an analytics darling as well, so it makes sense the Rockets would grab him.

38B+Bucks select: Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV

Another solid second round selection here. McCaw can both handle the ball and defend, which is something the Warriors could use. The key to his fit in their scheme will be how he shoots it, but he has potential to do that well at the next level.

39C+Pelicans select: David Michineau, PG, France

I don't love the value here necessarily, but Michineau is a good athlete who might eventually be able to make it over to the NBA. He needs to iron out some of his more wild tendencies though to do it.

40BPelicans select: Diamond Stone, C, Maryland

This is an upside play, pure and simple. If you believe in Stone's touch and ability to improve as a defender and rebounder, he might be able to carve out an NBA role.

41BMagic select: Stephen Zimmerman Jr., C, UNLV

Another solid upside pick here, Zimmerman is a freshman that didn't have the best season at UNLV, but has potential to become a decent player in the NBA in Frank Vogel's defense as a rim protector who can move on the perimeter.

42A-Jazz select: Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Seton Hall

It's a homecoming for the Brooklyn Nets, who bring Whitehead home. He's a scorer off the dribble and has good vision, he just needs to iron out some of his wildness and decision making. In the second round though, everyone has questions and he has a shot.

43BRockets select: Zhou Qi, C, China

I'm not the biggest believer in Zhou's game. He's a good shooter at 7-2 and blocks shots, but he moves slowly and doesn't quite make the quickest decisions. It's hard to complain about an upside pick in the second round, but I just don't really believe in this one working out.

44B+Hawks select: Isaia Cordinier, SG, France

Cordinier is another upside European player from France. He is bouncy, has tremendous change of direction skill with the ball and can really shoot it. He needs to get much stronger, particularly through his lower half, though, to play in the NBA.

45BCeltics select: Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame

From a value standpoint, it's impossible to complain with this one. Jackson was considered a likely first round pick throughout the draft process that just ended up slipping. Still, it's another point guard in a team where they are ubiquitous.

46BMavericks select: A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue

Center is a position of need for the Mavs, and Hammons is highly skilled. Just need to get him into slightly better shape and in better position to deal with NBA players on the perimeter.

47B-Magic select: Jake Layman, SF, Maryland

Portland moves into the draft to get Layman, a big combo forward who can really shoot it from distance. The question is whether or not he can find anyone to defend at the next level.

48ABulls select: Paul Zipser, SF, Germany

This is tremendous value here for Chicago. Zipser was the MVP of Adidas Eurocamp this summer, and is legitimate potential NBA role player due to his size, shooting ability, and explosive athleticism.

49A-Pistons select: Michael Gbinije, SG, Syracuse

Gbinije is older and a good shooter, so he might be able to contribute sooner rather than later. He'll fit right into Detroit's offense under Stan Van Gundy.

50B-Pacers select: Georges Niang, SF, Iowa State

It's hard to see who Niang defends at the next level, but he has experience in the uptempo style of offense that it seems Indiana wants to run. Maybe he can carve out a role off the bench.

51A-Celtics select: Ben Bentil, PF, Providence

It wouldn't surprise me if Bentil was able to carve out a bigger role on the Celtics than any of their other picks beyond Jaylen Brown. He can really shoot it from deep for a big guy, and is more mobile than most of the players who will defend him.

52BJazz select: Joel Bolomboy, PF, Weber State

Bolomboy is a tremendous athlete at his size, and was a great collegiate rebounder at Weber State. Can he move well enough defensively? Can he carve out enough of an offensive role with his jump shot? Big questions, but it's a good chance to take for Utah.

53BNuggets select: Petr Cornelie, PF, France

Early in the process, it seemed like Cornelie might be in the mix in the first round. But he didn't perform well and build buzz throughout his workouts and at Eurocamp, so here he falls. At 6-11, he's a skinny shooter who needs to put on a ton of strength to play at the next level.

54B+Hawks select: Kay Felder, PG, Oakland

The Cavs bought this pick and Felder is a strong reason to do something like that. He's a powerfully built 5-foot-9 scoring guard who could carve out an NBA role in time.

55BNets select: Marcus Paige, PG, North Carolina

Paige doesn't have a ton in the way of measureables, but he's a highly intelligent kid who might be able to carve out a role as a bench scorer and caretaker point guard.

56C-Nuggets select: Daniel Hamilton, SG, Connecticut

Don't really see Hamilton as an NBA player offensively due to his lack of explosiveness, finishing ability, and shooting skill. Oklahoma City bought this pick from Denver.

57C-Grizzlies select: Wang Zhelin, PF, China

At one point was considered a potential NBA player after performing well at Nike Hoop Summit, the luster has mostly come off at this stage. It's unlikely he sees the NBA as he hasn't really developed well in the last few years.

58D+Celtics select: Abdel Nader, SF, Iowa State

We're getting speculative in Boston. Nader isn't a guy I had as a ranked prospect, and there are plenty of players on the board who would have fit well here, including Jarrod Uthoff, Sheldon McClellan and Robert Carter, among others.

59B+Kings select: Isaiah Cousins, SG, Oklahoma

Has potential to stick as a 3-and-D guy in the backcourt as a point guard for a ball-dominant wing. Wouldn't be a surprise at all to see him get a guaranteed deal from Sacramento.

60BJazz select: Tyrone Wallace, PG, California

A Doug Gottlieb special, Wallace is a solid rebounder, defender and slasher at the point guard spot. He could move over to the 2 due to his size if he gets his jump shot down.


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